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August 2014

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Editor's Letter | Contributors | Letters to the Editor | Where Is This?

People, places and things from around the state, including rodeo announcer Dan Fowlie; a look back at Legend City; and Springerville, our hometown of the month.

We like scenic drives. We feature one every month in the magazine, and we have a new book of drives coming out later this year. For most of those, the photos showcase the scenery along the road — the stuff you see out the side windows. For this piece, we put you in the driver’s seat, with a look at what you’ll see through the windshield.
A portfolio edited by Robert Stieve & Kelly Vaughn Kramer

Best known as a direct route between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, Interstate 15 also cuts through a remote corner of Arizona. It’s a stretch of only 29 miles, but it’s a gorgeous stretch that winds through the narrows of the Virgin River Gorge. Although it’s unfamiliar to many
Arizonans, it was hailed as “America’s most spectacular highway” when it opened in 1973. It’s still spectacular today.
By Matt Jaffe
Photograph by Tom Brownold

Lightning strikes a lot in Florida, about 1.5 million times a year. In Arizona, the number is less than half of that. Nevertheless, our summer monsoons put on quite a show, with wind, rain, thunder and cloud-to-ground lightning strikes that can generate up to a billion volts and reach temperatures in excess of 50,000 degrees.
A portfolio edited by Jeff Kida

Over the years, we’ve sent dozens of grizzled old photographers up north to shoot Navajoland. This time, we tried something different. Instead of the usual suspects, we asked a 41-year-old Frenchwoman to do the job. Turns out, la belle fille de Paris can hold her own.
A portfolio by Marie Baronnet

Elk are big. In fact, they’re among the largest land animals in North America. They’re big in Arizona, too, in both size and number. At last count, there were about 35,000 elk in our state. That’s a big jump from 1910, when there were none.
By Ruth Rudner
Photographs by Bruce D. Taubert

As the vegetation-program manager for Grand Canyon National Park, Lori Makarick’s mission is to preserve and restore the park’s unique biotic communities — no small task, since there are more than 1,700 different plant species spread over 1.2 million acres.
By Annette McGivney
Photograph by John Burcham

Point Sublime: The name of this drive says it all, but the views of the Canyon from out on the point are only the half of it.

Brins Mesa Trai: Sedona and its surrounding canyons are home to one of the best collections of hikes in Arizona. The Brins Mesa Trail is a great example.

Editor's LetterEditor Robert Stieve discusses the current issue. ...[more]

Where Is This?We've posted a new location to identify. Submit your answer for a chance to win. ...[more]

Scenic Drive Eagar to Big Lake: Although you will see a few signs of the Wallow Fire along this 21-mile back road, you’ll also see many reminders that the White Mountains are still spectacular. ...[more]


Letters to the EditorIf you have thoughts or comments about anything in Arizona Highways, we want to hear from you. ...[more]

Hike of the MonthBrins Mesa Trail: Sedona and its surrounding canyons are home to one of the best collections of hikes in Arizona. The Brins Mesa Trail is a great example. ...[more]

Photo PortfolioCloudy, with a Chance of Thunderstorms: A portfolio edited by Jeff Kida. ...[more]

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